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Savvy Shopping for Black Friday Deals

Set your alarm (or just charge up your laptop). Black Friday is almost here, and the deals on household goods are unbeatable.

Courtesy of  Zillow Digs.

Best Fall Buys: Big Ticket Items

In the market for a new stove, upgraded set of wheels, or major getaway? Now’s the time to save on these and other purchases.


Is It Time to Check Your Credit Report?

Only one in five consumers checks their credit report annually. That smart cookie could be you.


Should You Try a Peer-to-Peer Loan?

Whether you’re looking to boost your down payment or fund a home renovation project, this alternative lending source could be worth considering.


Should You Renovate an Underwater Home?

Remodeling can seem like a good way to increase your home’s value and close the gap between what it’s worth and what you owe. But would this strategy work for you?


Goodbye, Summer ... Hello, Savings

Summer may be made for relaxing, but if your lazy days included letting your financial goals slip, now’s the time to start getting back on track.


Helping Your College Student With Money Matters

Setting and sticking to a budget, making smart use of credit, cashing in on discounts and deals: college students have plenty of financial lessons to learn. Start them off on the right track with these tips.


Do's and Don'ts of Online Vacation Rental Sites

Whether you’re booking a vacation villa or making some extra cash by welcoming paying guests into your home, you’ll want to take steps to protect your investment.


Choosing (and Using) the Most Rewarding Credit Card

Before you accept another credit card offer, be sure to choose the rewards program that best fits your lifestyle and goals.


Take Steps Toward Financial Independence This 4th of July

As Independence Day approaches, plan toward letting your financial freedom ring.

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How to Budget for Home Renovations

Before you start picking out tile and collecting paint chips, be sure you know how much your project will cost.


Building Credit 101: Tips for Recent Grads

Your diploma represents a vital step on the road to success. Next up: establishing a good credit history.


Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green

Invest in home improvements that benefit the environment (and your budget) year-round.


4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Spring

It’s not just temperatures and tulips that are on the rise these days. Interest in home buying is way up, too.


Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax?

Errors in your home’s assessment could cost you big time. Here’s how to make sure all the facts line up.

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